White Christmas Wreath, Doormat and Outdoor Planter Arrangements

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I loved my fall outdoor linear planter so much that I decided to do another version of it for Christmas. It came out great, and I love that it’s something a little different from the standard Christmas urn with greens, bobbles and ribbon. My love of white continues with the Christmas decor, and I really love how the white pops against all the Christmas greens.

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To make this outdoor Christmas arrangement, I started with the fall planter, and removed everything but the birch poles.

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I repositioned them as the second row, and tucked a nice row of fir as the back and tallest row. Fir is really one of my favs, since we always had a real fir tree growing up. When I think Christmas tree, I just think fir, maybe that’s because we always had a fresh fir tree when I was a little girl. It was a great choice here for the back row, since it has so much structure. Next were the line of birch poles I cut for the fall planter -must say I’m loving all the birch this year, and using more of it inside for my Winter Woodland Christmas theme this year. πŸ˜‰

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After the birch I added a row of these black berries, European buckthorn -according to my google research. πŸ˜‰ They have thorns so be careful, (she said from experience). After that I added a row of cedar, just common Ontario cedar, not the fancy B.C. kind. Sometimes Ontario cedar is more yellow, but I thought this looked pretty good, and the contrast is also good for this linear arrangement. My final row is some spray painted pine cones. I liked the way it related to the pine cone wreath I made here.

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I have to admit that I fiddled with this arrangement and may or may not have even sent some pics to my florist sister for some advice. I think the key in the end was trying to make the lines as full as possible.

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Some other suggestions for rows if you’re considering making a linear arrangement like this are moss, the really large pine cones, other coloured berries, painted twigs, large cinnamon sticks like I used in my fall version, and of course other Christmas greens -magnolia leaves would look great.

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Of course I also needed a new doormat, and yet again the perfect one I had pictured in my mind didn’t seem to exist in real life, ever have that problem? So, what’s a DIY-ier to do but make it herself. I started with a coir mat from Walmart, it was kind of out of the way by a back door away from their fancy Christmas ones. It was around $7, which was great. I used the same method I used here to stencil the fall leaf doormat. I found some snowflake images on the web, printed them out, and cut out the middle with an exacto knife to create a stencil.

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Then I used craft paint to create a random pattern. I really like how it turned out, and should work all through the winter which I like. I also felt like it tied together the white of the planters, and the wreath, with the snowflake Christmas lights we have along the roof.

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I added one final outdoor Christmas arrangement right beside the door. I used an old galvanized pail, to match the large square one. This arrangement was really simple. I just used three shortish birch poles, some more buckthorn berries, some pine cuttings, and more white pinecones. I really liked how it used the pretty much the same materials, but in a really different way from the linear arrangement.

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I hope my front door gives you a few new ideas. I’m just hoping that my use of snowflakes doesn’t bring any snow yet. πŸ˜‰

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With pretty white outdoor Christmas decor, life really is a party.

This post is linked up at Song Bird Blog, Whipperberry, Tidy Mom, Tatertots and Jello, French Country Cottage, Craftberry Bush, and Savvy Southern Style.

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  1. So pretty! I haven’t started our decorations yet, you’re so on the ball!

  2. I love this!

    I have a weekend party I’d love for you to share this on:




  3. I love this. It is such a pretty planter. I have a link party and would love to have you share this and any other posts. It is called Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Link Party. The link to the party is
    I hope to see you there.
    Have a great week.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  4. That planter is so gorgeous, your porch looks really pretty.

  5. Very pretty and a unique style!

  6. Amazing! I have one of those washbins and now I know what to do with it! I’m a big copycat cause I have zero creativity skills..but I am good at copycatting!!! Thank you so much just plain adore this!

  7. Copycats welcome Kathy πŸ˜‰

  8. oh I love this! wishing I had access to some birch trees!!! I did something similar (will share next week) but I used candles from World Market because I couldn’t find any logs for my project! love yours – turned out extremely festive! xoox, tracie

  9. Hi Tracie, I saw birch tree poles at Walmart this year. Candles would be lovely too.

  10. Love it …:)

  11. Your front porch looks lovely. Love the birch poles and that door mat really is the perfect finishing touch.

  12. As petty as it all is.. can you tell me what color you picked for the door. I love that shade of Gray! Have any idea what it might be?

  13. Sorry Melissa, I’m not sure what colour it is. It was chosen by the the builder. Glad you like it.

  14. Just so happy to discover your blog… So nice this doormat, a good idea ! I like this decoration for the entrance of your house. I wll come again.sure ! Nice day. Christine

  15. Thanks Christine!

  16. Katherine says:

    As embarrassing as it may sound, how long does the fir stay green after being cut? Worried it may start to die off in our summer Christmas…

  17. Hi Katherine,
    I live in Ontario, Canada, so it says green here for months after it’s cut if it’s outside in the cold. If it’s warm where you are, it might be like bringing it inside. It will start to dry out, but should last maybe a month?
    Best of luck,

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